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October 7, 2009

Shorties (Nellie McKay, Nobel Prize for Literature Odds, and more)

NPR is streaming in its entirety Nellie McKay's new album, Normal as Blueberry Pie: A Tribute to Doris Day (out October 13th).


The Economic Times shares the current odds for the winner of the Nobel Prize for literature.

Amos Oz 4/1
Assia Djebar 5/1
Joyce Carol Oates 5/1
Herta Müller 7/1
Philip Roth 7/1.
Haruki Murakami 9/1
Ismail Kadare 10/1
Mahasweta Devi at 50/1
Salman Rushdie at 80/1


Madras Press is a new independent publisher that publishes "individually bound short stories and novellas and distributes the proceeds to a growing list of charitable organizations chosen by our authors." Series 1 is available for preorder, and includes short stories and novellas by Aimee Bender, Rebecca Lee, Trinie Dalton, and Sumanth Prabhaker.


Ray Raposa of Castanets talks to PopMatters about his new album, Texas Rose, the Thaw & The Beasts.

When asked about the lyrical characters that inhabit the new album, Raposa, for the first time, stops himself. “I already got myself in trouble talking about that. There’s a lot of fiction in those songs. None of them are straight. They’re sort of idealized or de-idealized notions of a pretty common place. Everyday relationship-type stuff, you know.”


IGN lists the most valuable characters at DC Comics (see also: the most valuable characters at Marvel).


At the Guardian, Susheila Nasta lists the top 10 literary cultural journeys.


On sale at Amazon MP3: Fink's 9-track Distance and Time album for $1.99.


Thounds is a new music collaboration social network.


Drowned in Sound recaps September's music releases.


The Los Angeles Times profiles Excene Cervenka.


Jacket Copy reports that Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore is starting a publishing house.


The Memphis Commercial Appeal reviews Nick Hornby's new novel, Juliet, Naked.

He can drop a punk reference or hip hop lyric easier than any other writer and it works because of the stories he drops them into, as though he's sprinkling spices into a fictional meatloaf. They are personal stories that are relatable, whether a young man, older man or the women who have to put up with them.


CrunchGear notes the "Colbert bump" the Mountain Goats received by playing The Colbert Report last night.

In short, in the Venn diagram of TV you have Colbert Report watchers and Mountain Goats listeners. Many of us exist, obviously, but the confluence of these two audiences into one tasty streaming opportunity is quite cool.

The Village Voice and Punknews review the new Mountain Goats album, The Life of the World to Come.


Murder by Death has created an instrumental soundtrack for Jeff Vandermeer's novel, Finch.


Buddyhead lists 50 albums to pick up if your house (and music collection) burn down.


Free at Amazon MP3: 13 Mojo Nixon albums.


NPR is asking readers to nominate great voices in recorded history for an eventual top 50 list.


Win a copy of Nick Hornby's new novel, Juliet, Naked, in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.


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also at Largehearted Boy:

daily mp3 downloads
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists

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